SNL’s Pete Davidson Is ‘Sober For The First Time In 8 Years’

By Keri Blakinger 03/08/17

“It wasn't easy, but I got a great girl, great friends and I consider myself a lucky man.”

Pete Davidson

Comedian Pete Davidson took to social media to explain why he’s “kinda been missing” from his regular spot on Saturday Night Live: He just got sober.

“I quit drugs and am happy and sober for the first time in 8 years,” he wrote Monday on his Instagram. 

“It wasn't easy, but I got a great girl, great friends and I consider myself a lucky man.” The 23-year-old funnyman is currently dating Cazzie David, daughter of comic legend Larry David. 

“I'll always be here for you guys, I promise,” Davidson continued. “Remember to never give up hope because sometimes that's all we got. We are a family and I appreciate all your love and support.”

Just six months ago, Davidson openly identified as a long-time pot smoker, telling High Times the drug was necessary to help handle his Crohn’s disease. 

"I found that the medicines that the doctors were prescribing me, and seeing all these doctors and trying new things, weed would be the only thing that would help me eat," he said while sparking a joint in a recorded interview. 

The Staten Island native explained that he was diagnosed with the chronic inflammatory bowel condition in his late teens, and that he eventually discovered that self-medicating with marijuana was the best solution.

"My stomach would be in pain all day and I wouldn't be able to eat, but then I'd smoke and I can eat and do my shows. I wouldn't be able to do SNL if I didn't smoke weed. I wouldn't be able to do anything really. Me performing not high has gone awful. It's awful for me because I don't feel well."

Although Davidson said Monday that it was “nice to be back in action,” he didn’t offer any details about how he plans to overcome his medical hurdles without his leafy green support system. 

“I kinda do get a little offended when people are just like, ‘Oh, you’re just a pothead watching cartoons,’” he told the marijuana magazine. “Like I work really fucking hard and I take care of my shit and I need weed in order to do that because I’m sick, I have Crohn’s, it sucks. I feel like that makes a lot of sense.”

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Keri Blakinger is a former drug user and current reporter living in Texas. She covers breaking news for the Houston Chronicle and previously worked for the New York Daily News and the Ithaca Times. She has written about drugs and criminal justice for the Washington Post, Salon, Quartz and more. She loves dogs and is not impressed by rodeo food. Find Keri on LinkedIn and Twitter.